Well Dan likes to talk about the Ether 2 as having a much larger soundstage than his past iterations, but it was still just average at best. To go from something like the 800/800S would be a massive disappointment, but I was still disappointed coming from the HEK V2. The other thing that was disappointing was that it didn’t sound like a planar. If I didn’t know the tech inside the Ether 2, I’d swear it was a dynamic with the sub bass tuned to be a little elevated. The HEK series sound very detailed and have precise imaging and that typical, beautiful planar mid range. Audeze always have that impactful and visceral bass response and they sound thick with large imaging. The Ether 2 didn’t have any of that. It was average with detail retrieval, cast a smallish image, and the soundstage was nothing to brag about. There was nothing really bad about it, but because nothing stood out, it came across as boring and lifeless. And even though it was super lightweight, it was still uncomfortable, because the earpad openings were too small and the clamping pressure too high. Hard pass.